Wednesday 30 November 2005 4.50pm
I've emailed Andrew Pratt who is the caseworker in charge of this application as follows:
Application No. 05-AP-1845
File No. TP/1411-119
I am an owner occupier at Metro Central Heights, and I am writing to register my opposition to this planning application.
Elephant and Castle is a very urban and densely populated area, much of which is mid to high level buildings.
We do not have much greenery in the area as it is, and I find the proposition of removing eighteen mature and healthy trees absolutely unnecessary and abhorrent.
The green area at the front of the building does much to shield the residents who live on the lower levels of the building from a very busy road and also protects their privacy from the many people who stand at the bus stops there for much of the day.
It is also nice to see some rare greenery on the way in and out of the building.
To remove these trees and replace them with an unsightly portakabin seems perverse, particularly as the portakabin will not be there long term- you cannot replace these mature trees afterwards- they have taken years to grow.
I would also like to complain about the parking spaces which St George want to site by our entrance- this makes vehicular access more difficult for residents, and as St George are planning to take the majority of our resident's parking spaces as it is, in order to build a new money spinning residential block, it seems arrogant and hypocritical for them to want to add some for their own personal and commercial use.
I absolutely oppose this proposal and I would appreciate confirmation that you have received this email and registered my opposition.
My flatmate has also been copied in on this email as have some of my neighbours and our local councillor, Lorraine Zuleta